Domestic violence is any abusive behavior used by one partner in a relationship to gain and maintain control over another’s life.
It can occur in any type of domestic relationship, including spousal relationships, intimate personal relationships, family relationships and informal care relationships.
The most common example of domestic violence is the use of violence by men to stop women and children from living in safety and free of fear in their own home.
The abuse or assaults in domestic violence may become more dangerous and occur more often over time, so it's important to get help as early as possible.
Violence can take many forms:
Physical abuse: hitting, slapping, punching
Sexual abuse: insisting on having sex when your partner doesn’t want to, forcing your partner to perform sexual acts against his or her will
Emotional abuse: yelling, swearing, aggressive language, belittling in front of other people
Financial abuse: retaining control of money
Social abuse: isolation from existing networks of family and friends
If you are living in fear, or know someone who is afraid of their partner, urge them to call the Centre - 222 40.